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Using the moderncv package, how do I increase the spacing between the closing and the name after the closing i.e. increasing the space between "Yours faithfully" and "John Doe" in this picture

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The \makeletterclosing macro puts a vertical space of 3em between closing and name. In the following example I use the etoolbox package to change this space to 4em.

\documentclass[sans]{moderncv}

\moderncvstyle{classic}
\firstname{John}
\familyname{Doe}

\usepackage{etoolbox}
\patchcmd{\makeletterclosing}{3em}{4em}{}{}

\begin{document}

\recipient{Company Recruitment team}{Company, Inc.\\123 somestreet\\some city}
\date{January 01, 1984}
\opening{Dear Sir or Madam,}
\closing{Yours faithfully,}
\enclosure[Attached]{curriculum vit\ae{}}
\makelettertitle

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\makeletterclosing

\end{document}

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You can add vertical space in your name:

\firstname{\vspace{20pt}John}
\familyname{Doe}

Which will only change the spacing between Your's Faithfully and John Doe.

A different solution would be to change the spacing using the setspace package (add \usepackage{setspace} in your preamble). Change the spacing before adding the closing, for example:

\doublespacing
\makeletterclosing

or

\setstretch{2}
\makeletterclosing

This will, however, also change the space between John Doe and Attached: curriculum vitæ

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